2 thoughts on “Bob Blowers

  1. I loved reading Captain Bob Blowers account of his career. I wonder how many times you were on the bridge of the FE class I used to travel on in my younger years. I’m not sure the exact date you retired but I do recall having a privileged bridge visit on the Pride of Calais in 1996 on a crossing from Dover, I’m sure it was you I met on the bridge. Anyway enjoy your retirement. Best wishes, Mark.

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  2. Bob Blowers gives a superb account of his career as Mate and Master on these vessels where you certainly had little time to relax. I remember well coming through the Dover strait in thick fog before lane routing and encountering these ferries as they crossed hopefully giving way if they had to. I was on VLCCs and lane routing was a godsend.

    Ship handling in these vessels is not for the faint hearted and I am not sure if I would have liked the job. I had a months trial as an officer on a ferry which ran between Lerwick and Aberdeen another demanding route with its own problems.

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